Plaque showing a portrait of Joseph Priestley, England, 1860-1868

1860-1868 in Stoke-on-Trent
Wedgwood; Flaxman, John

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Framed oval jasperware plaque with Flaxman cameo portrait of Dr. Joseph Priestley F.R.S., by Wedgwood, English, this copy 1868. Designed by Guiseppe Cerracchi

Joseph Priestley (1733-1804) is best known as the discoverer of oxygen. He, however, called the gas ‘dephlogisticated air’, a name based on chemical theories of the time. The modern understanding of its role in burning was worked out by Priestley’s contemporary, Antoine Lavoisier (1743-94). This plaque is made from jasperware, a fine grained stoneware developed by Wedgwood in 1775. It shows a cameo style profile of Priestley.

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frame, wood, gilded, glass, plaque, jasperware
jasperware plaque
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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